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." the group iraq and afghanistan veterans of america, which has been advocating for more mental health programs for veterans, called the president's action long overdue. >> while we think this is a positive first step, i think a lot more needs to be done, that the white house really needs to redouble its resolve to addressing this suicide epidemic head on. >> would not try to seek honor, nor was he being a coward. >> reporter: if anyone can be credited with changing the policy it's greg and janet keesling, they have been fighting for the change since 2009. that's the year their son, 25-year-old army specialist chance keesling, killed himself on his second tour in iraq. they say acknowledgement from the president gives them some comfort. >> he was a good soldier. so i think that's the part that i want to know that the country appreciates, that he fought, he did everything he was asked to do. >> reporter: but there are still military families who will not be receiving condolence letters. the policy change does not include suicide or training accidents here in the united states. >> pelley
of giving back. his band travels the globe visiting troops in places like kuwait, afghanistan and iraq. >> the people don't have high expectations for an actor with a band. let's face it. so, i like to surprise them. >> his foundation is helping raise money to build homes for wounded veterans, job training and other needs. for 18 months, the camera crew followed his band. the result, a movie. lieutenant dan band for the common good. available starting july 4th on pay-per-view on the internet. one out of every $4 will go to his charitable foundation. >> it is good firsthand look at the kind of people that we have serving in our military. why they do it? what they do, how dedicated they are. what they're going through. what the people who support them are going through. what their families are going through. >> sinise is not doing this for money or as a photo op. he's been moved by the stories of the men and women in uniform and he doesn't want them to be forgotten. lisa sylvester, cnn, washington. >>> good morning and thank you for watching 9news now at 6:00 a.m. i'm andrea roane. >> ha
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